Who are DMX's children? Inside the lives of Praise Mary Ella, Xavier, Tacoma and Sean Simmons
The 'Ruff Ryders' Anthem' rapper and father-of-15 is surrounded by family at a hospital in White Plains, New York
Rapper and actor DMX is in a "grave condition" following a heart attack, says his lawyer Murray Richman. Richman did not disclose what had caused the heart attack or whether it was brought on by a drug overdose, as reported by TMZ. DMX, 50, whose real name is Earl Simmons, is surrounded by family at a hospital in White Plains, New York, Richman said.
DMX, a hip-hop icon, who has collaborated with artists including Jay-Z, Ja Rule, Eve and LL Cool J, has battled substance abuse for years. The 'Ruff Ryders' Anthem' rapper and father-of-15 has spent several periods in rehab and served jail sentences on charges including animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug and weapons possession.
DMX had four children with ex-wife Tashera Simmons, and then went onto have several other children with other women. He became a father for the fifteenth time in 2016 with his girlfriend Desiree Lindstrom. Here's a look at the lives of his children Praise Mary Ella, Xavier, Tacoma and Shawn Simmons, who he had with his ex-wife Tashera Simmons, who the rapper was married to from 1999 for eleven years.
Praise Mary Ella
Praise Mary Ella is the daughter of DMX and Tashera Simmons. Little is known about her as keeps her social media accounts completely private. She is the only daughter of the couple and was born on on 18th April 2005, according to Tashera Simmons' IMDb bio. She appears to be caring and smart, reported E Celebrity Mirror, as her mom had shared a memorable picture of her, captioned "Blessed for having such a strong girl". Ella seems to be close to her three brothers Xavier, Tocoma and Shawn Simmons. Her mother calls her "smart, funny, articulate, caring, observant and full of light and love" in an Instagram post.
Xavier Simmons has followed in his dad’s footsteps in the entertainment world. His Instagram bio reads: "I hunger to inspire and empower people. We MADE A MOVIE". His film 'Moments' is on Gumroad. "After a wasted life, Dean returns home from prison with hopes to reconnect with his ex-girlfriend and estranged daughter. Let's hope he does so before it's too late," says the synopsis of the film, where Xavier plays the lead role. He has been featured for 'Belly' (1998), 'Never Die Alone' and 'Angel: One More Road to Cross' (2001) according to a report, also making appearances in two series: 'Iyanla, Fix My Life' and 'E! True Hollywood Story', a TV series documentary.
He has also authored a book, 'Perils & Promise' which talks about the human condition, encompassing addiction, heartache and faith and purpose, through a series of short stories and journal entries. His Instagram page also has photos of himself in the studio with his father.
Tacoma Simmons, 21, is a musical composer according to Instagram as reported by Heavy. He is, however, not active on social media or Instagram, preferring a private life much like his sister Ella. Nevertheless, Tacoma has often been seen with his father when he was a child. E Celebrity Mirror reports that the father-son duo had been together at the premiere of 'Cradle' and he has also visited at the theatre with his mom and his siblings. Tashera describes him as "that complicated Child. That pain in the butt. Shy but loud. Giving but selfish. Introverted but extroverted," in an Instagram post, adding that he has a good heart and is a hard worker.
Sean Simmons also has a low profile in public. One can get a rare glimpse of him through Tashera’s Instagram. In most of the Christmas’ celebration, the 18-year-old can be seen enjoying together with the family. His mother shared a picture praising him on his brithday on Instagram. She describes him as being a good person with a "good heart" and "kind soul". The post also describes him as a hardworking student "always wanting to be at the top of (his) class".